Those who may be looking for something to occupy their Thanksgiving weekend, or those who are looking for a destination to the family for the day may find themselves trekking to Washington, Mo., for the Washington's Olde Fashioned Christmas.


Those who may be looking for something to occupy their Thanksgiving weekend, or those who are looking for a destination to the family for the day may find themselves trekking to Washington, Mo., for the Washington's Olde Fashioned Christmas.

The event will take place primarily in downtown Washington at the city's Farmers' Market.

There, patrons can do what people normally do at the market — shop — or, for this occasion, they may take place in the festivities: live music, face painting, cookie decorating.

Hot chocolate and hot cider will also be served while visitors wait for Santa to come.

The event will be Nov. 29 at the Washington, Mo., Farmers' Market at 317 W. Main St. from 3-5 p.m.

Those who maybe want to visit Washington, but aren't quite in the mood for Christmas may take in one of the other many activities the town has to offer.

Washington is located along the Hermann Wine Trail, known for its large number of area wineries, most of which are open year-round. Whether stopping for a sample or for a full-blown lunch, the wineries are sure to have something to satisfy any adult's palette.

But if it's shopping your heart desires, Washington offers an array of locally-owned and antique shops that might just hold that unique gift shoppers are looking for.

The Gary Lucy Gallery holds the original works and prints of the in-house artist, who depicts the historic charm of riverboat and Mississippi/Missouri river life through his drawings and oil paintings.

Those who don't mind a secondhand purchase might check out one of the town's many antique stores, carrying everything from furniture to old milk cans.

Finally, Washington offers a few museums to wrap up the day. Just in time for "Frosty the Snowman," visitors may stop by the Corn Cob Pipe Musuem — and the pipes actually work.

Visitors can learn more about how corn cob pipes are made in the nostalgia room attached to the Missouri Meerschaum Factory, the world's oldest and largest maker of corn cob pipes.

Hours vary on all attractions, though almost all are free. For more details and to find more things to do in Washington, Mo., visit www.washmo.org.